2016 PGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

8:16 PM 1/23/2016

by Gregg Kilday

'The Big Short' takes the top prize at the Producers Guild of America's 27th annual PGA Awards held Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

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"Yeah, you won," presenter Michael B. Jordan said seconds after announcing that The Big Short, the semi-comic retelling of the 2008 fiscal crisis, had won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 27th annual PGA Awards, held Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

The award — the guild's equivalent of a best film prize — went to Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, who were present to accept, and their Plan B producing partner Brad Pitt. Kleiner, as he accepted the award, admitted there was some momentary confusion: They weren't sure that Jordan wasn't running through the list of nominees in alphabetical order, Gardner offered a shout-out to the film's director Adam McKay. And then, alluding to the issue of the moment, diversity, which she had addressed earlier in the day at the PGA Nominees Breakfast, she addressed her fellow producers, saying, "Yes, we have a real problem, we do. We have privilege in our hands, we are storytellers. So we need to tell stories that reflect our world and our country."

In what so far has been an unpredictable and topsy-turvy awards season, The Big Short, a Paramount release, now becomes the front-runner — or at least the front-runner of the moment — in the race for the best picture Oscar, since the previous eight PGA winners all claimed Oscar glory. Pitt, Gardner and Kleiner themselves won the PGA Award, and an Oscar, just two years ago for their 12 Years a Slave (which tied with Gravity for the PGA prize).

The top TV awards went to Game of Thrones as outstanding TV drama, Transparent as outstanding TV comedy, and Fargo as outstanding longform television.

While the PGA hailed Amy, the documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse, as outstanding theatrical documentary, the  evening also focused its spotlight on The Hunting Ground, the documentary about sexual assault on American campuses. Clips from the film were shown by way of introducing Lady Gaga, who performed the Oscar-nominated song from the film, "Til It Happens to You," which she wrote with Diane Warren. And America Ferrera then presented the PGA's Stanley Kramer Award, named after the socially-conscious filmmaker, to The Hunting Ground. Producer Amy Ziering delivered an impassioned acceptance, paying tribute to Kramer, before going on to give her biggest thanks to "the women and men who shared their stories with us. We accept this award on their behalf. Their tremendous courage has made our world a little better."

Shonda Rhimes got a big round of applause as she began her acceptance of the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television by saying, "I'm going to be totally honest with you. I completely deserve this." She explained that Lear produced shows that included good roles for strong women and people of color forty years ago, but in the intervening years, no one had asked to do more of the same. Rhimes said she asked, "so they are simply giving me an award for being me, in which case I totally deserve it." As for her own reputation as a trailblazer, she added, "It's not trailblazing to write the world as it actually is."

Gary Oldman presented the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures to David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter movies and Gravity. The Martian director Ridley Scott was on hand to honor Fox chief Jim Gianopulos, recipient of the PGA's Milestone Award. And Star Wars: The Force Awakens director presented the Visionary Award to VFX house Industrial Light & Magic, with which he collaborated on Star Wars.

Kicking off the evening, Michael De Luca, who chaired the awards along with Jennifer Todd, offered "a big shout-out to Cheryl Boone Isaacs," president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who has been front and center in the diversity debate this week. "We are lucky to have you here," he said. PGA presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary cited piracy and the lack of diversity has the two biggest issues facing the guild. Said McCreary, "Tonight, we are asking all of you to pledge to make a conscious decision to challenge the status quo."

  • Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

    The Big Short (WINNER)
    Producers: Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

    Bridge of Spies
    Producers: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger

    Producers: Finola Dwyer & Amanda Posey

    Ex Machina
    This film is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility

    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Producers: Doug Mitchell & George Miller

    The Martian
    Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam

    The Revenant
    Producers: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon

    Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Edward L. McDonnell, Molly Smith

    Producers: Michael Sugar & Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust

    Straight Outta Compton
    Producers: Ice Cube & Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray, Dr. Dre, Scott Bernstein

  • Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

    Inside Out (WINNER)
    Producer: Jonas Rivera

    Producers: Rosa Tran, Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman

    The Good Dinosaur
    Producer: Denise Ream

    Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

    The Peanuts Movie
    Producers: Craig Schulz, Michael J. Travers


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  • Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

    Amy (WINNER)
    Producer: James Gay-Rees

    The Hunting Ground
    Producer: Amy Ziering

    The Look of Silence
    Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen

    Producers: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin

    Something Better to Come
    Producers: Sigrid Dyekjær, Hanna Polak

  • Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television

    Fargo (Season 2) (WINNER)
    Producers: Noah Hawley, John Cameron, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Warren Littlefield, Kim Todd

    American Crime (Season 1)
    This show is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility

    American Horror Story: Hotel (Season 5)
    Producers: Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Brad Buecker, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong, Alexis Martin Woodall, Robert M. Williams Jr.

    True Detective (Season 2)
    Producers: Nic Pizzolatto, Scott Stephens, Steve Golin, Aida Rodgers

    A Very Murray Christmas
    This show is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility

  • Outstanding Sports Program

    Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (WINNER)
    Back on Board: Greg Louganis
    Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Houston Texans
    Kareem: Minority of One



  • Outstanding Digital Series

    Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (WINNER)
    Epic Rap Battles of History
    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Double Agent
    This American Life Presents: Videos 4 U

  • Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama

    Game of Thrones (WINNER)
    Producers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, Carolyn Strauss, Bryan Cogman, Lisa McAtackney, Chris Newman, Greg Spence

    Better Call Saul
    Producers: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Melissa Bernstein, Mark Johnson, Stewart A. Lyons, Thomas Schnauz, Gennifer Hutchison, Nina Jack, Diane Mercer, Bob Odenkirk


    Producers: Alex Gansa, Alexander Cary, Lesli Linka Glatter, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm, Patrick Harbinson, Michael Klick, Claire Danes, Lauren White

    House of Cards
    Producers: Beau Willimon, Dana Brunetti, John David Coles, Josh Donen, David Fincher, Eric Roth, Kevin Spacey, John Mankiewicz, Robert Zotnowski, Karen Moore

    Mad Men
    Producers: Matthew Weiner, Scott Hornbacher, Janet Leahy, Semi Chellas, Erin Levy, Jon Hamm, Blake McCormick, Tom Smuts


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  • Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy

    Transparent (WINNER)
    Producers: Jill Soloway, Andrea Sperling, Victor HsuNisha Ganatra, Rick Rosenthal, Bridget Bedard

    Inside Amy Schumer
    This show is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility.

    Modern Family
    Producers: Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Jeff Morton, Jeffrey Richman, Brad Walsh, Danny Zuker, Vali Chandrasekaran, Megan Ganz, Elaine Ko, Kenny Schwartz, Chuck Tatham, Rick Wiener, Chris Smirnoff, Sally Young

    Silicon Valley
    Producers: Mike Judge, Alec Berg, Jim Kleverweis, Clay Tarver, Dan O’Keefe, Michael Rotenberg, Tom Lassally

    Producers: Armando Iannucci, Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell, Christopher Godsick, Stephanie Laing, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Frank Rich, Tony Roche, Kevin Cecil, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Andy Riley, Will Smith, Bill Hill


    See More from Transparent’s Creator and Star

  • Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television

    Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (WINNER)
    Producers: Tim Carvell, John Oliver, Liz Stanton

    The Colbert Report
    Producers: Stephen T. Colbert, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart, Meredith Bennett, Barry Julien, Emily Lazar, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Paul Dinello, Matt Lappin

    Key & Peele
    This show is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility.

    Real Time With Bill Maher
    Producers: Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Billy Martin, Dean E. Johnsen, Matt Wood

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
    Producers: Lorne Michaels, Jamie Granet Bederman, Katie Hockmeyer, Jim Juvonen, Brian McDonald, Josh Lieb, Gavin Purcell

  • Outstanding Producer of Competition Television

    The Voice (WINNER)
    Producers: Audrey Morrissey, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Marc Jansen, Lee Metzger, Chad Hines, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker, Carson Daly

    The Amazing Race
    Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri, Mark Vertullo

    Dancing With the Stars
    Producers: Rob Wade, Ashley Edens-Shaffer, Joe Sungkur

    Project Runway
    Producers: Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Desiree Gruber, Jane Cha, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Teri Weideman

    Top Chef
    Producers: Daniel Cutforth, Tom Colicchio, Chaz Gray, Casey Kriley, Padma Lakshmi, Jane Lipsitz, Doneen Arquines, Erica Ross


    Watch THR’s Roundtable with the Producer of The Voice

  • Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television

    The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (WINNER)
    Producers: Marc Smerling, Andrew Jarecki, Jason Blum

    30 for 30
    Producers: Connor Schell, John Dahl, Bill Simmons, Erin Leyden, Andrew Billman, Marquis Daisy, Libby Geist

    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
    Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig

    Shark Tank
    Producers: Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill, Yun Lingner, Max Swedlow, Jim Roush, Brandon Wallace, Becky Blitz, Laura Roush, Shaun Polakow, Phil Gurin

    Producers: BJ Levin, Bill Maher, Eddy Moretti, Shane Smith, Jonah Kaplan, Tim Clancy, Ben Anderson, Shawn Killebrew

  • Outstanding Children’s Program

    Sesame Street (WINNER)

    Doc McStuffins

    The Fairly OddParents


    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Toy Story That Time Forgot